Tour my pink eyeshadow collection!

Hi friends!

I’m having a little love affair right now with pink eyeshadow. Not sure why to be honest, but I’m feeling all the rosy, blushy vibes and it isn’t anywhere close to springtime yet! I’ve been experimenting with all different tones on my eyes too, from brighter pinks to blush pinks to cool pinky-mauves. And since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I thought what better time to give you guys a virtual tour of my current pink eyeshadow collection.

There’s a nice array of tones, textures and price points here so let’s get started! I’ll start with the more expensive shadows, and go down the line to the most affordable.

URBAN DECAY NAKED3 PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone who loves cool-toned pinks and who wants the variety a large-scale palette like this offers.

A classic to start with, of course. This was the first palette I got years ago that really introduced me to the spectrum of rosy neutral tones. These shadows are so beautifully blendable and wearable just as you would expect from Urban Decay; you can go light or create darker, smokier looks. It’s so versatile and you have a variety of different finishes to play with (mattes, shimmers, metallics). My favorite shades are probably Limit, Nooner, Burnout & Buzz.

Shop the Naked3 Palette here.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking to splurge on luxurious, high-quality but very wearable blush pink shades.

Full disclosure, I literally just got this palette over the weekend! I thought this was limited edition when it first debuted last September, but I guess it’s not? Anyway, it’s currently in stock on Charlotte Tilbury’s website (I don’t think Sephora carries this particular palette). It’s the prettiest little quad with soft pink shimmers & mattes, perfect for daytime wear. (I also think this would be beautiful bridal makeup.)

So folks, I’ve used this palette everyday since I got it and I don’t know what sorcery that Charlotte conjures but these shadows are a-maz-ing! The mattes apply like creams: instant pigment, instant intensity, and they basically blend themselves. You can’t really mess ‘em up. Totally, totally beautiful!

Shop the Pillow Talk Palette here.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette & Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette
Left: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. Upper right: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette.

Read this: Charlotte Tilbury is now in Sephora! My shopping guide.

MAC IN MONOCHROME COLLECTION / SOFT TEDDY & DEAR TEDDY SINGLE SHADOWS

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for soft & wearable blush pinks & shimmers similar to the Charlotte Tilbury shades, but do not necessarily want a palette.

I was fully inspired to purchase these two single shadows after reading the beauty & fashion blog Style on Film, who showcased the whole MAC In Monochrome Velvet Teddy Collection in a recent blog post. We have a very similar complexion, and when I saw these two shadows on her eyes I knew I needed to have them!

Soft Teddy is a beautiful matte mid-tone blush pink. Very wearable; it’s much more of a neutral than a true pink so don’t be afraid. Dear Teddy is a deeper pink frost with purple shimmer and a little glitter as well. I love them both. They apply brilliantly and wear nicely throughout the day. Just be warned that Dear Teddy will give off a little glitter fall-out.

Shop the Velvet Teddy Collection here. (I’m not sure how long this collection will be in stock, so if you’re interested I’d hop on this quick!)

& OTHER STORIES Single eyeshadow in QUILT JAM

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for something bolder, brighter & more fun at an affordable cost.

Yes that’s right, clothing retailer & Other Stories do a whole line of beauty products from makeup, to skincare & bodycare! I feel like no one talks about it, and I follow/watch a lot of bloggers, vloggers & beauty influencers.

Anyways, I picked up a few bits recently from one of their NYC locations and this single eyeshadow in the color Quilt Jam just jumped out at me. At first glance you may think, that’s a blush color! And it still could be (I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet but I should), but when you pack this color all over your lids, watch out! It’s a beautiful, highly-pigmented, bright warm pink. This is for my true pink lovers out there who aren’t afraid to wear something a bit bolder. I’m not saying this is my new everyday shade, but I’m definitely digging it for something a bit more fun.

Shop for Quilt Jam here.

& Other Stories Quilt Jam Eye Colour, MAC Dear Teddy & Soft Teddy, and Elf Cosmetics Summer Breeze Mad for Mattes Palette
Counter-clockwise: MAC Dear Teddy, & Other Stories Quilt Jam, MAC Soft Teddy, and Elf Mad for Matte Summer Breeze

ELF MAD FOR MATTE PALETTE IN SUMMER BREEZE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for both soft/wearable pinks & slightly brighter ones as well, but on a budget.

You guys probably all know by now (cause I’ve talked about it a gazillion times already), but I loveeee Elf’s Mad for Matte Palettes. Quality, pigment, blendability…all amazing for just $10.00. And Summer Breeze will give you all that rosy neutral goodness on a much smaller budget. I won’t drone on and on here about the awesomeness of this palette cause I’ve already done before. Feel free to check out the linked blog post below for more info.

Shop for Summer Breeze here.

Read this: My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under

What is your opinion on pink eyeshadow? Would you wear it? Do you have any have any favorites? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Review: Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette

Hi friends!

I’m very excited to bring you a review today on the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette, which is available at Ulta now. This is one part of the larger Vault palette release (which I believe was either 4 or 6 palettes) that debuted last year. The release got completely shrouded in controversy pretty quickly both online and on social media, with reports of chalky, poor-performing shadows and tons of customer returns.

Needless to say, I was very intrigued to try one of them out for myself when I passed the Morphe counter at my local Ulta recently. And the Dark Magic Palette, with its smokey greens, blues & pewters, really spoke to me.

Now, I don’t care a fig for Jaclyn Hill personally. I don’t watch her videos nor do I follow her on social media, so her celebrity in no way factored into my decision to buy this palette. I just wanted to see what all the hype and controversy was about. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the review!

Shop the Dark Magic Palette at Ulta here.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Show your dark side with the 10 creamiest, sultriest eyeshadows to burst onto the midnight scene. Jaclyn Hill is giving you the code to a killer vault where she’s stashed some of her top-secret shades with this badass Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette. JACpot!

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SHADES / SWATCHES

Poof (matte cream)
Power Cut (metallic silver)
Shhh (matte dusty taupe)
Trickery (sparkling emerald)
Diversion (shimmering gunmetal)
Potion (matte avocado green)
Busted (matte ocean blue)
Inside Job (matte dark jade)
Mojo (matte smoked hickory)
Temptress (glinting pitch black)

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Swatches of first row of Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette
From top to bottom: Poof, Power Cut, Shhh, Trickery, & Diversion
Swatches of second row of Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette
From top to bottom: Potion, Busted, Inside Job, Mojo, & Temptress.

My THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Nothing special here, to be honest, but nothing too offensively cheap either. But I will say it’s quite small, sleek & lightweight, so perfect for travel if that means anything to you.

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

While testing this palette for review, I dipped into every single shadow to use on my eyes in some capacity. And I have to say, nearly all of them applied & blended very well. The only shade I had a little bit of trouble with was the matte army green called Potion. It got a little patchy on my lid when using a fluffy brush, so I had to go back in and pack some color on with my finger. Other than that, I virtually had no issues.

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palettes

MY THOUGHTS ON COLOR RANGE

Interior of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Vault Palette

(Quick disclaimer: It was really hard to get all the color tones to show up in this photo. I realize it all just looks dark, but I can assure you the bottom row is not just a row of black shadows!)

There’s no way around it, this is a smokey, sultry color story. Most of your looks are probably going to end up dark. But you kinda should know that going into it considering the name is Dark Magic. I love how this palette favors more matte textures over shimmer & metallics. But that being said, I would have loved one more mid-tone transition shade in the first row. Shhh applies darker than you would think, and Poof is too light to be a transition.

If you’re interested to know, my favorite colors in the palette are Diversion (the shimmering pewtery color), Potion (the matte army green), and Busted (the matte blue).

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PIGMENTATION

Pigmentation is awesome in this palette! All the shades, even Poof, show up pretty true to color without very little effort. The only thing I will say is that Trickery, the shimmery dark green, loses it’s punchiness as you sheer it out. So after blending, it kinda just looks like a grey or charcoal color, not a green.

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

I didn’t notice any fading on any of the colors throughout the day. One exception is, again, Potion. The color didn’t fade, but it did slightly crease on me within just a few hours of wearing it. (For reference, I always wear a eye primer before laying down powder shadows.) But truthfully I love that color so much that I’m willing to forgive it!

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

This palette is just $15.00 for 10 shadows. I think that’s a very fair price for the quality you’re getting here. Just think of it as a slightly more expensive drugstore palette.

RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

FINAL THOUGHTS

Pushing last year’s controversies aside, I really had a great time experimenting with this palette. I found it quite easy to put different looks together, and overall the shadows were very user-friendly. I guess whatever issues Morphe had on the production side have been solved at this point. Not sure. I did notice that Morphe is no longer selling the Vault palettes on their site. So if you’re in the U.S. and are interested in this palette, you’ll have to go to Ulta.

THE LOOKS*

*These are not the only looks I’ve created with this palette.

I used Power Cut all over the top lid, into and above the crease. Then I blended Trickery on the outer corner and slightly into my crease; I also took that shade along my lower lash line and really smudged it out. Lastly, I smudged just a bit of Mojo along my top lash line, but just at the outer corner.

I used Poof all over my top lid, and then blended a mixture of Shhh & Potion very lightly into my crease. I then smudged Mojo along both my top & bottom lash lines, at the outer corners.

I applied Diversion all over my top lid, into & above my crease. I also blended it all along my lower lash line too. I then smudged Temptress along my top & bottom lash lines (in the outer corners).

I applied Potion all over my top lid, into & above my crease. I then smudged Shhh along my lower lash line.

Have you tried any of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vault palettes? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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I went to the new CoverGirl flagship store in NYC!

Hi friends!

If you didn’t know, CoverGirl recently opened their first stand-alone store in NYC. I first heard about this back in the spring, and I got so incredibly excited. As a self-described “super-fan” of drugstore beauty, I feel I haven’t tried as many products from CoverGirl over the years than I have from, say, L’Oreal or Elf. They were one of the first makeup brands, along with MAC, that I ever used as teenager, but I got distracted along the way and lost touch with their products. They’ve been in the news a lot lately since they became certified cruelty-free, making them the largest cosmetics brand to do so. So now is the perfect time to get inspired by CoverGirl again!

The 2-level, 10,000 sq. ft. store stands at the corner of 48th Street and 7th Avenue, right in the heart of Times Square. From what I could spy online, they opened to the public back on Black Friday.

When I walked in, I saw rows and rows of product, testers (thank goodness and finally!!) and loads of merch. Everything from makeup bags, stationary, hoodies, active wear, cell phone cases, water bottles, beanies, you name it. All branded with the CoverGirl logo.

Supposedly there’s a bunch of interactive stuff there like glam stations where you can virtually “apply” makeup to check for colors, but to be honest I must have breezed right over those! I was on sensory overload a bit and my attention was on the products & the merch.

On a side note, I felt I had the store all to myself for most of the visit, which was awesome! No fighting through crowds or waiting to swatch a product. (I was there at a slightly odd time during the week.) Also, the staff was overall very sweet and helpful which made for a pleasant shopping experience.

So you’re probably wondering by now, what did you snatch while you were there? Well, I have a quick little story for ya.

Three out of the seven items I’m going to show you below I got for free, and here’s why. When I was on the second floor checking out the Cheekers Blushes, a couple of CoverGirl marketers approached me and asked me a few questions about the Clean Liquid Foundation. (I’ve never tried the stuff before, by the way.) What did I think of the bottle? What did I think of the word “clean”? Stuff like that. In exchange for my time, they rewarded me with a free bottle of the Clean Liquid Foundation. Score! They also slipped in two of the Katy Kat glitters for nothing.

(On a side note, I have no idea what to do with the Katy Kat glitters. They are not approved for use around the eyes…so where do I apply them? Any suggestions?)

So besides the free items, I got an adorable CoverGirl beanie hat (don’t judge me, I couldn’t resist), good ‘ole Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Kit which has been in the CoverGirl line-up forever (my mother specially requested this), and the Exhibitionist Lip Liner in In The Nude. I’ve already started using the lip liner, and I really like the texture and longevity. After I use the foundation for a while, I’ll bring you guys a thorough review.

If you’re in the NYC area or are coming for a visit and you like CoverGirl products, I’d definitely recommend stopping by the store. There’s a lot to see, touch and try on. I’ll definitely be returning sometime soon myself!

Exterior of the CoverGirl NYC store

Are you a fan of CoverGirl products? Are you excited about their first stand-alone store? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under

Hi friends!

First off, I hope everyone in the U.S. had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday!

In all honesty, I wanted to post a video today but unfortunately my skin decided to go crazy this week (something that doesn’t normally happen to me), and I just couldn’t face going in front of the camera. Sorry about that, but I do have some drugstore recommendations for you! I love a cheap (but great) beauty find, so today I thought I’d briefly tell you about some of my favorite drugstore matte eyeshadows that will only run you $10 at the most. I’ve been absolutely loving an all-matte eye look lately. It’s classic & very flattering for all ages. It’s also perfect during the daytime for work or school.

Great matte shadows can be a little elusive to find and tempermental to work with. Sometimes even high-end brands can’t do them well. Some require a sticky base like a primer to grab onto the eye properly, while others catch and skip unless blended over a smooth surface. They generally need more blending and finesse than shimmer or metallic shadows, so finding good mattes at the drugstore level is like finding a diamond in the rough!

So, my list of recommendations is no way meant to be an exhaustive list. There are tons of drugstore & other affordable brands out there that produce great quality shadows. This is just a small list for you guys. So let’s start!

ELF COSMETICS MAD FOR MATTE PALETTES 

You really can’t go wrong with these all-matte palettes from ELF. I’ve talked about them on the blog before in this post, and over on my Instagram stories back in the summer. These are absolutely stunning! They blend seamlessly with no skipping, have beautiful pigmentation and great longevity. I have two, in Nude Mood & Summer Breeze, but I believe ELF does a few more in other color varieties. At $10.00 for ten awesomequality shadows, I think these are a steal and I truly recommend them if you’re looking for mattes at a low price point. I’d say these are my top picks.

Pictured, top left panel – Nude Mood – Shop from ELF or Ulta

Picture, bottom left panel – Summer Breeze – Shop from ELF or Ulta

PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA MATTE COLLECTION QUAD EYE SHADOW 

This is an unexpected one. While Physician’s Formula is not primarily known for eyeshadow, they do have some hidden gems. Canyon Classics, pictured above, has been around forever and for good reason: it’s absolutely beautiful on the eyes! It’s in small, dinky, unattractive packaging that you wouldn’t look at twice, but I tell you it’s very deceiving. It’s an all-matte quad of very cool-toned shadows that are absolutely perfect for subtle daytime looks. The matte grey, in particular, blends better than some greys I have from MAC! If you haven’t tried this guy already, or haven’t dug it out of your collection in forever, I suggest you do. The swatches above look terrible, but don’t get too hung up on that. On the eyes, the pigment & blendability are definitely there. This will run you about $8.00 or so depending on where you shop.

Shop from Rite Aid here or Walgreens

WET N’ WILD COLOR ICON PALETTES

If you’re in the market for more affordable mattes than either ELF or Physician’s Formula can provide, go straight to Wet nWild then. Their Color Icon Palettes & Quads contain amazing quality mattes for a tiny price tag. Impressive color, easy blending and only minimal fading (over a primer). I’m not sure if Wet n’ Wild has made an all-matte palette or quad yet, but the quads usually contain at least one matte transition shade and the palettes can contain anywhere up to eight mattes (but that does vary). The Color Icon Quads are a mere $2.99, while the Palettes are $4.99 for ten shadows. Seriously, you can’t wrong! If you’re interested in an in-depth review of a Wet nWild palette, see my post on the Comfort Zone Palette.

Pictured, left two panels – Rose in the Air – Shop from Wet n’ Wild here or Ulta

Pictured, right two panels – Comfort Zone – Shop from Wet n’ Wild here or Ulta

*HONORABLE MENTION: Maybelline City Mini Palette in Matte About Town. Unforunately mine has since gone missing from my collection, but I’d like to continue playing with this one before I can definitely recommend it. That being said, I was really impressed with this palette the last time I used it. Maybelline is notorious (in my mind) for horrible shadows, so I think this must be a new formulation for them. It was about time! The mattes applied very well and stayed on all day without much fading.

Maybelline City Mini Palette in Matte About Town

 

Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this list? Do you have any drugstore recommendations for me? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Hot product! NYX’s Limited Edition Grind Machinist Palette

Hi friends!

I’m gonna get right down to it. If you’re currently in the market for an affordable autumn eyeshadow palette, look no further than NYX Cosmetics. [UPDATE 11/9/18: this palette is no longer available.] I recently picked up the limited edition Grind Machinist Shadow Palette from Ulta and I’m completely obsessed with it! The colors, the textures, even the packaging; everything is awesome. If you swapped NYX’s name on the front of the palette with a high-end brand, I wouldn’t blink an eye. That’s how good these shadows are. I can’t remember the last time I used shadows from NYX, let alone loved a product from them as much as I love this palette.

When I first saw the color scheme my immediate thought was that it looked kinda similar to the ABH Subculture Palette (which I believe is now discontinued?), especially with the greens, mustards & warm brown mattes. Now while I never owned or used the Subculture Palette myself, its infamous reputation for intense fall-out and difficult blendability seemed to taint its lifecycle.

I can say that these shadows from NYX have none of those same reported problems. They blend effortlessly, have beautiful pigmentation, and last quite long without fading (about 10 hours). I also do not notice any creasing (when applied over a primer), nor do I notice much fall-out during application. Near perfection in my eyes.

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Interior of Grind Machinist Palette

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The colors in direct sunlight

Here are some fast facts on the palette:

  • $12.49 @ Ulta for 12 shadows
  • 7 mattes, 4 shimmers, 1 duo-chrome

The Grind Machinist Palette is part of a larger limited edition collection containing 3 eyeshadow palettes, 3 lipsticks, 3 lip lacquers, & 3 highlighting duo’s. I believe this collection is exclusive to Ulta, but you can also purchase it from nyxcosmetics.com. But do keep in mind the prices at Ulta are much cheaper than from NYX, at least in regards to the palettes. For example, this palette retails for a whopping $25.00 if you buy from NYX!  

SWATCHES

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Row 1 swatched from left to right in the palette. Top shade is a soft yellow-champagne shimmer; second down is a matte dark green; third down is a matte charcoal; bottom is a matte mustard yellow.

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Row 2 swatched left to right in the palette. Top shade is a peachy-pink shimmer; second down is a light matte cream; third down is a matte sepia brown; bottom is a matte chocolatey-brown.

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Row 3 swatched left to right in the palette. Top shade is a green shimmer; second down is a duo-chrome warm brown with blue-green flecks; third down is a matte red-brown; bottom is a coppery shimmer.

I absolutely love that there are more mattes than shimmers in this palette. Usually in the drugstore the ratio more heavily favors shimmers over mattes. You can do any variety of looks with these colors, so I see this as a rather complete palette (meaning you won’t have to bring in other colors from other palettes to complete a look). The mid-tone mattes give it a wonderful wearability for work or school, while some of the shimmers and darker tones make it adaptable for more dramatic looks.

My favorite shades from this palette are the mustard yellow (totally gorgeous & quite wearable when paired with the matte browns), the sepia brown (looks beautiful all over the lid), the duochrome warm brown (it’s like a more dramatic version of Club from MAC), and the matte green (so rich but make sure to use a primer under this shade, it can stain).

SOME LOOKS USING THIS PALETTE

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Two very wearable looks highlighting the warm matte brown shades. (They may look the same but there are subtle differences, I promise!)

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Look highlighting the beautiful mustard yellow shade.

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Look highlighting the coppery shimmer shade.

So if you like what you see here, get yourself down to Ulta quick! I’m not sure how long this product will be in stock. I think it’s a truly unique palette for the drugstore that offers awesome quality & trendy colors for an affordable price tag.

What was the last item from NYX that you loved? Would you pick up the Grind Machinist Palette? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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